And just as quickly, more than 140 Republicans in the House and Senate chose to object to the results of the vote in Arizona and Pennsylvania in a futile effort to accomplish precisely what the mob wanted: slowing or halting the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
In the days that followed, both Democrats and some Republicans realized that the actions of the mob stemmed almost entirely from the rhetoric of President Trump himself. His weeks of denial about the election results prompted the protests in Washington and his demand that they fight against Congress on the morning of Jan. 6 found a receptive audience.
But what those critics of Trump didn’t realize was that minutes after the final, failed vote was cast in the House to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Pennsylvania, a new era of unity had apparently dawned in Washington. As a new effort to impeach the president for his role in fomenting the violence began, it was countered with calls for comity and bipartisanship from people who, one week ago, voted to throw out democratic election results which favored the Democratic presidential candidate.
As the House debated impeaching Trump for incitement on Wednesday, there were repeated calls for unity from the same people who a week earlier had responded to the violence at issue by agreeing with the goals of the violent mob.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) adopted a somber tone as he challenged his peers to be better than rank partisanship.
“It does not matter if you are liberal, moderate or conservative. All of us must resist the temptation of further polarization,” the leading Republican said, about a week after he voted in favor of rejecting the will of more than 10 million voters in Arizona and Pennsylvania. “Instead, we must unite once again as Americans.
“I understand for some, this call for unity may ring hollow,” McCarthy continued, accurately. “But times like these are when we must remember who we are as Americans and what we as a nation stand for. And as history shows, unity is not an option, it’s a necessity. It is as necessary today as it was at the start of our country.”
It was less necessary about seven days ago, however, for unclear reasons.
McCarthy was joined by a number of other members of his caucus.
“I rise in opposition to the resolution,” said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.). “At a time when our country needs unity, it is concerning that my Democratic colleagues have chosen to begin…
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